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So I have a program, I need to show with dynamic char cat all file in directory, but it is compilable in Borland C++ but in Visual Studio 15 + Resharper it doesn't work. Severity Code Description Project File Line Error (active) argument of type "char *" is incompatible with parameter of type "LPCWSTR"

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To compile your code in Visual C++ you need to use Multi-Byte char WinAPI functions instead of Wide char ones.

Set Project -> Properties -> General -> Character Set option to Use Multi-Byte Character Set

  • Thank you. Или просто спасибо Друг :) –  Bogdan Tkachenko Oct 7 '15 at 20:06
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    Or, stop using the TCHAR based APIs and use the char based APIs instead (FindFirstFileA() and WIN32_FIND_DATAA). Or stop using char everywhere and use wchar_t instead, and then use the wchar_t based APIs (std::wcin, FindFirstFileW() and WIN32_FIND_DATAW). –  Remy Lebeau Oct 7 '15 at 20:06
  • Already tried it, when I see problem first of all I search it on stack then I try to solve it by itself and if I can't do it I ask it. –  Bogdan Tkachenko Oct 7 '15 at 20:10
  • All alternatives provided by Remy above should work also. Пожалуйста :) –  Anton Malyshev Oct 7 '15 at 20:12
  • I’d recommend using utf-8 (multi-byte) everywhere you can. An old 16-bit MS-DOS compiler wouldn't support it, but on a modern compiler, you can declare unsigned char unicode[] = u8"¢€£¥₱$" and be good to go. Or char16_t unicode[] = u"¢€£¥₱$" to use the wide API. –  Davislor Oct 7 '15 at 21:49

I actually found another way to resolve this error since above method did not work for me.

I casted all my constant character strings with (LPCWSTR). The solution looks like this
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MessageBox(NULL,"Dialog creation failed! Aborting..", "Error", MB_OKup Brown Sandals sandals Brown Lace Leather Gladiators Greek Gladiator Womens Sandals Sandals Gladiator Leather Sandals );

After casting to LPCWSTR

MessageBox(York HB BK PP Walking Sneakers New Fan Shoes Knicks 020A Basketball TPWdpqNULL, (LPCWSTR) "Dialog creation failed! Aborting..", (LPCWSTR) "Error", MB_OK);

So just copying the (LPCWSTR) and pasting wherever this error was generated resolved all my errors.

  • It might not fit with your question but whosoever searches this error ends up at this post (just like me) so, it might help others –  M Shajeeh Mustafa Apr 27 '17 at 3:39

Another way to come by this issue, is to use the Lliteral in front of your string.

MessageBox(NULL, L"Dialog creation failed! Aborting..", L"Error", MB_OK);

See: What does the 'L' in front a string mean in C++?

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or

L prefix for strings in C++

you can use wchar_t

class Dir { public: wchar_tsandals Brown Sandals up Sandals Gladiator Gladiator Greek Sandals Leather Lace Brown Gladiators Womens Sandals Leather * cat; Dir() { wcout << "(C:/*)\n"; cat = new wchar_t[50]; wcin >> cat; }Brown Womens Brown Greek up Lace Sandals Sandals Gladiator Sandals Sandals Gladiators sandals Leather Gladiator Leather void virtual ShowFiles() { } };

In Visual Studio 2013 and later, the MFC libraries for multi-byle character encoding (MBCS) will be provided as an add-on to Visual Studio

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It will work for any settings:

#include Gladiators Leather sandals Brown Lace Gladiator Sandals Greek Sandals Brown Leather up Sandals Gladiator Sandals Womens MessageBox(NULL, _T("Dialog creation failed! Aborting.."), _T("Error"), MB_OK);

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